This was the 16th Goodguys PPG Nationals held at the Ohio Expo Center, and the first of five events this year where we'll be selecting the Coker Tire–sponsored R&C Fab Five awards. It's also where Goodguys select their Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year, so you know the pro builders were out in force with their latest and greatest.
Once again circumstances meant we missed the Vintage Drags on Friday night, held at National Trail Raceway, but the show itself kept us busy selecting award winners and shooting features for your future delectation. Space is short, so we'll let the pictures do the talking from here.
There’s a dual-quad, tunnel ram–fed 427 dumping gases into the white fenderwell headers on
The truck’s cool in its own right, but the bare aluminum racer on the back was even cooler
That’s a 325ci Hemi stuffed into Ryan and Bob Rose’s 1929 Tudor; the 7-inch chopped body d
1927 Ford Model T Roadster
David Trent's steel 1927 roadster packs a small-block Chevy and Muncie four-speed. Wide-five wheels are used all around, the fronts bolting to early Ford brake drums, with the back connecting to a late-model GM rearend via adapters. Plenty of louvers were stamped into the three-piece hood, as well as what looks like a bellypan, but is actually cleverly disguising the framerails. A track-nose, engine-turned dash, and Firestone dirt trackers complete the package.
Ninety Six, South Carolina
1953 Cadillac Convertible
"Root Beer Float" is the name Chris Ryan dubbed his Caddy convertible, now powered by a ZZ383 with 331 Caddy valve covers, Moon cross-ram intake, and Imagine injection. Ryan operates as Ryan's Rod & Kustom, the Cad a fine calling card for his talents. There's a Fatman Fabrications front chassis stub under there, and AccuAir E-Level air suspension all round. The one-off Cad-inspired wheels are 20-inchers, with integral whitewalls by Curtis Speed. That interior is by Chuck Hanna.
1936 Ford Cabriolet
A man after my own heart, Jim Thompson built and painted his 1936 at home, with the exception of the white tuck 'n' roll upholstery. He chopped the windshield surround and added a Carson-style top, incorporated a 1940 Packard grille and Chevy hood louvers, and added fender skirts. The body was set on a Fatman Fabrications chassis and suspension, with a 350/350 Chevy engine and trans, and a Ford 8-inch rearend.
1934 Ford Coupe
Bonneville 200 MPH Club member Tom Doll has over 200,000 miles on this Lobeck-built 1934 three-window, though he has rebuilt the engine during that time, as well as modified the wiring. That motor is a 310ci small-block Chevy, backed by a mileage-friendly 700-R4 trans. The coupe has also racked up that mileage on 16-inch steelies shod with bias-plies.
Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Many of the parts on Mark Renko's Willys are one-off, machined by the owner who operates under the Tesla Machine Works banner. Check out the drum pedal–inspired gas pedal and matching brake, the column drop, and numerous parts underhood. Based on an Outlaw chassis, the Willys rolls on Radir front and Solids rear wheels, shod with Diamond Classic tires, and is powered by a 354ci Hemi. Body and paint are by Bickford's Auto Restoration.